The victory officially announced the arrival of the son of 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, who won the Most Popular Driver award a record 16 times before he removed his name from the ballot. As Chase Elliott celebrated the win, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson visited him in Victory Lane. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick stopped by his car to offer congratulations, and Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin tweeted to him.
“Those guys just taking a couple seconds to shake my hand along the way, that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced ever,” Elliott said. “That was just really, really cool to have those guys, their support.”
ANDRETTI ADDITION: Roger Griffiths, who recently left his position as technical director for Honda Performance Development, has joined Andretti Autosport as the new director of motorsport development.
Griffiths will work with all areas of Andretti racing competition, including the IndyCar Series, its ladder system, Formula E and Rallycross.
“I’m very excited to have Roger join the team,” said Andretti. “A man with his knowledge, talent and experience will be a huge addition for not just Andretti Autosport, but also for (Rallycross) and Andretti Formula E.”
Griffiths has worked in many different series, including Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series and Super Touring Cars.
BASS PRO: Bass Pro Shops will help commemorate the return of the No. 3 to the Sprint Cup Series by sponsoring Austin Dillon at Talladega and Daytona this season.
The nation’s No. 1 outdoor retail leader first began its association with Richard Childress Racing and the No. 3 Cup car in 1998 as an associate sponsor of the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet immortalized by seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt.
Bass Pro first partnered with Dillon in 2010 in the Truck Series, and was his sponsor when he won the championship the next season. The company was with Dillon in the Nationwide Series, and will now sponsor the two races in Sprint Cup with the No. 3.
Bass Pro currently sponsors Ty Dillon in the Nationwide Series.